As a 20-something it’s rare to see “hosting a dinner party” as a line item on your personal budget sheet. Wait scratch that. As a 20-something it’s rare to see a personal budget sheet but it is an uncommon occurrence that throwing a dinner party take precedence over rent and dare I say…shoes!
Not only can hosting a soiree be expensive, it’s time consuming, and stressful. This is why we opt for the convenience of saki bombing over sushi for 40 bucks a person. What if you could take that $40 and serve 10 people a fairly easy recipe? People bring things to a dinner party. The bottles of wine, flowers, cupcakes and if you’re lucky, a really awesome coffee table book (maybe a bit used but hey, at least they scrounged something up) would basically, make your event cash flow positive.
Friends, I give to you the forty-buck recipe that is bound to fill your wine rack: ‘Rao’s Spaghetti with Mussels Marinara!’
Thanks to the sampling capital of the world, Costco (can we also talk about the $1.50 hot dogs?), I scored 5 lb bags of fresh mussels for $10 each. Add a hand full of other ingredients, an hour or so of your time, a really killer dress and viola!
How to: Rao’s Spaghetti with Mussels Marinara
You will need:
½ cup olive oil
6 garlic cloves, lightly smashed
3 pounds mussels, cleaned
2 (28-ounce) cans imported Italian plum tomatoes, hand crushed with the juice
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (1/2 tsp is adequate)
Salt to taste
10-12 leaves fresh basil
1 pound spaghetti
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
I made it for the entire fam of Memorial weekend and was definitely “the fc” (the favorite child) for days to come. I mean, look how happy, proud and adorable my Nonnie is. Love you, Non! xo
Photos taken by me. Recipe from Rao’s.